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Bar20 at Birleys, City of London – A Swish City Hide Out

September 29, 2017

There are very few places in the City where I find myself wanting to linger a little longer, it’s just not the done thing in this part of town. People are more likely to be strutting from meeting to meeting, sweet-talking themselves into networks and closing deals, and the spaces are equally sharp and business-like. In a world where time is money, no one can afford to linger around too long… which is what makes Bar20 at Birleys even more of an anomaly. Sitting pretty in the shadow of the Walkie Talkie building, the location couldn’t be more City if it tried… but inside, it feels more like Mayfair.

Bar20 at Birleys is part of the Robin Birley portfolio which explains the private members club atmosphere; it’s plush and refined but still very relaxed. I get the feeling that the breakfast and lunch rush does have a certain City spirit and speediness to it, but in the evenings the bar descends to a pace which is perfect for those of us who have the luxury of time. We settled into a table by the window but I would have just as happily cosied into any of the corners under the eye-catching and conversation-evoking artwork (which is courtesy of Mr Birley’s private collection) or lounged on one of the large sofas in the centre of the room.

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A Bit Casual Eating Out London

PizzaBuzz, The City

November 3, 2016

A couple of months ago, I joined a club. I’ve mentioned it once or twice but in case you’ve forgotten, here are some hints: it’s got nothing to do with sports, secrets, or fights, and everything to do with dough, cheese, and ovens. Ring a bell now? Pizza. The club is all about pizza and a couple of girls who will travel all over London for a slice of the good stuff!

The last meeting of Pizza Club took us to Zia Lucia in Islington where we enjoyed a spritz with our wood-fired slices on one of the hottest days of the year… now the latest meeting saw us venture a little more central, but no less delicious – PizzaBuzz, a cool and casual pizzeria tucked down Worship Lane, somewhere between Old Street and Moorgate.

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